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Singapore's Changi Airport named World's Best

For the second year in a row, Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the best airport in the world by millions of international flyers for features like tropical rooftop gardens, movie theaters, Jacuzzi and free foot massages.

 

The Singapore airport beat 410 hubs around the world to take the top spot at the World Airport Awards.

 

The awards were based on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities who evaluated the airports across 39 categories including check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security, immigration and departure.

 

Last summer, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien announced plans to build a new terminal that will double Changi’s capacity in a bid to retain its edge as a regional aviation hub.

 

Currently, the airport has three terminals with a total capacity of 66 million passengers a year. It’s not hard to see why the Singapore airport snagged the top spot and seduced flyers around the world.

 

More than just a place of transit, the airport has been designed to take the stress out of flying with features that include five themed gardens, including a butterfly garden, bamboo, orchid and fern-themed gardens, as well as a rooftop oasis with cactus and sunflowers.

 

For families with young children or restless adolescents, the airport likewise offers an Entertainment Deck where kids and adults alike can play Xbox Kinect, Xbox 360 and PlayStation games, watch a movie, visit the aviation gallery, or release any pent-up energy at the playground.

 

For a small fee, passengers can use the airport’s Balinese-themed swimming pool and Jacuzzi, while napping areas at a rainforest lounge and individual cubicles or budget rooms can be rented out for up to six-hour blocks.

 

Passengers with a layover of at least five hours can also take advantage of free two-hour sightseeing tours organized by the airport, which take visitors past major landmarks and areas of the city including the Marina Bay Sands, the world’s largest Ferris wheel and the Gardens of the Bay.

 

And passengers with tired, swollen feet from pressurized cabins and running through the terminals can also get free foot massages.

 

Rounding out the top five list is Incheon International Airport in Seoul; Munich Airport; Hong Kong International Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 16:27

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Normal flight operations resume in Abu Dhabi

After 3 days of flight-cancelling chaos, normal operations have finally resumed at Abu Dhabi International Airport. 

The disruption was as a result of a technical problem that caused all flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport either being cancelled or diverted to other places in the region.

Etihad Airways issued the following statement this morning: 

Etihad Airways flights are operating as normal this morning. However, as a result of unexpected fog, a small number of flights may experience minor delays. Passengers are advised to check the Etihad Airways website at or call the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000 for more information on the status of their flights.

Baggage and passengers have also been reunited, and normal operations for all other flights coming in to or leaving Abu Dhabi International Airport are operating as per their usual schedule.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 13:12

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Diversions at Abu Dhabi Airport continue

Majority of passengers stranded in Abu Dhabi following the failure on Thursday of an airport landing system have now been accommodated on alternative flights.

 

Airlines continue to reschedule some long haul flights to ensure that passengers flying via Abu Dhabi this evening, and in coming days, can connect with onward services to their final destinations.

 

The priority over the last 48 hours has been to enable passengers to continue their journeys as quickly as possible. This has resulted in several hundred bags being misconnected. Airlines and the airport are taking measures to ensure all misconnected baggage at Abu Dhabi International Airport is returned to passengers in the coming 36 hours.

 

For more information contact Etihad Airways at +9712-599-0000

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:01

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DFW Airport aiming to be the "World's Healthiest Airport"

(Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 13 2014) - Passengers traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport can avoid diet turbulence and fuel their bodies with the right nutrients thanks to the healthy offerings available at any DFW restaurant. The Airport has launched a marketing campaign entitled “Eat Healthy at DFW” to support the effort of DFW concessionaires in providing healthy eating options, and today many of those restaurants participated in a menu tasting event. DFW concessionaires are participating in the campaign, each offering at least one low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, cholesterol-free, plant-based, or high-in-fiber entree or menu item.

 

DFW Airport requires all food and beverage concessionaries to offer at least one healthy entrée or menu item. Examples of such options include:

• Roasted corn and lime crema tacos and black bean and roasted red pepper quesadillas from Urban Taco (C22);

• Enchiladas de avocado (vegetarian enchiladas with artichoke and avocado) from Cantina Laredo (D24);

• Veggie-packed teriyaki bowls from Blue Bamboo Xpress (D31);

• “Tofusion” whole-grain brown rice bowls from UFood Grill (B8);

• Gourmet veggie plates such as the “Southern Classic” at Cousins Bar-B-Q (B28, D28), with baked beans, corn-on-the-cob, green beans, black-eyed peas, and okra; and the award-winning “Martha’s Vegetable Plate” at Reata (D33), an expansive raft of simply grilled and roasted asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, tomato, sweet potato, spinach, balsamic-glazed Portobello, sweet onion, ranch beans and Spanish rice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:16

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Norwegian airport launches dog-sledding taxis

A small airport at the tip of Northern Norway has launched the world’s first dog-sledding taxi service in a bid to attract more interest to the area.

 

Instead of a cab or a stretch limo, passengers arriving at the Kirkenes Airport can hop on a Husky-pulled sled to the Kirkenes Snowhotel.

 

During the 45-minute trek, guests are given a scenic tour of the Nordic surroundings, reported English-language paper The Local.

 

The service is backed by the country’s defense services, local municipality and reindeer authorities and costs 2,300 NOK or $370 USD.

 

Dog-sledding activities are popular among hotels in northern climes like Norway, Sweden and Quebec, which attract hardy, fearless winter lovers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:03

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Sochi International Airport serves over 17,200 Olympic guests

Basel Aero, a part of Russia’s largest industrial diversified group Basic Element, announces that Sochi International Airport, a main gateway of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, served over 17,200 Olympic guests and participants on the peak days, Feb 6-7.

 

Over 8,500 passengers arrived at the Sochi International Airport on February 6, on the eve of the Olympics’ kickoff. On the day of the opening ceremony, February 7, the gateway served over 8,700 arriving passengers what is six times as much as on average days. There were no flight delays during the peak period.

During the past two days the airport handled over 600 arriving and departing regular flights. The number of business jets arriving in Sochi on February 6-7 reached 175 while 145 private planes left the city.

 

Sochi Airport welcomed the flights from Stockholm, Paris, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Newark, Washington, Munich, Chicago, Oslo, Prague, Sofia, Vienna, Zurich, Zagreb, Tokyo, Kiev, London, Beijing, Milan, Nuremberg, Shanghai and other cities.

 

The airport handled over 30 tons of baggage arrived in Sochi on February 6-7.

 

As the main gateway of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Sochi airport will facilitate the journeys of around 390,000 spectators attending the Games as well as more than 6,000 athletes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:55

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